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Sara J. Garran

White River Jct., Vt. — Sara J. Garran, 82, died, surrounded by her family on Tuesday morning March 26, 2013, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.

She was born the daughter of Joel and Helena (Parker) Fawcett in Melrose, Mass. on May 15, 1930. Sara grew up in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School before attending and graduating from Simmons College in Boston where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy. Shortly after college she began her career at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital in Hanover, N.H. and moved to White River Jct., where she lived the rest of her life. Sara was married to Raleigh Mann in June 1950 and he died a short 11 years later. In 1967, she was married to Philip W. Garran and they spent 38 years together before his death in 2005.

Sara and her husband owned their own businesses and worked together for years. She was very community oriented and was a leader and volunteer with many organizations including The Upper Valley Haven, Community Dinners, an annual Upper Valley Interdenominational Good Friday Walk for charity, an annual holiday basket program and an annual Thanksgiving community dinner. In recognition of her volunteer work, in 1985, the American Legion of Hartford presented her with the “Upper Valley Outstanding Service” Award. One year later, the American Legion recognized her as “Woman of the Year.” In 2005, the New England Patriots presented her with the Community Quarterback Award for her 20-year commitment to the Upper Valley Haven. For over 35 years, she was an active and engaged member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in White River Jct.

She is predeceased by her husbands, Raleigh and Phil, and a brother Joseph Fawcett.

She leaves her children and their spouses, Philip and Frances Garran of Corinth, Vt., Robin Skoby of Concord, N.H., Alan Garran of Brattleboro, Vt., Christopher and Charlene Garran of Silver Spring, Md. and Wendy and Janusz Wozniak of White River Jct. as well as many grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in White River Jct. on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 5 p.m.

Condolences may be expressed to Sara’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Sara’s memory to the Upper Valley Haven at 713 Hartford Ave., White River Jct., VT 05001 or to the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Memorial Fund at 749 Hartford Ave., White River Jct., VT 05001.